There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. -Logan Pearsall Smith, essayist (1865-1946)
Another alternative is the Kelty Noah Tarp available from ....... you guessed it.....
Campmor! It comes in at least two sizes, the Noah 9 and the Noah 12, might even be a third choice still current, the Noah 16.
I've been using the Noah 9 for a bunch of years and love it. Rolls up small, takes a beating, has been put away wet without molding, but dries in just a few minutes exposure to the sun if covered with early morning dew. Like Rob, I try to set the entrance of my tent under the parawing and there is still plenty of room for my kermit chair and a couple of friends. If the group is going to get large and maybe rowdy, we can just move over to Rob's circus tent.
Ride fast safely
blue tarp at walmart
The MSR trap products are great! Hate to admit that I own three different versions including a humongous one that will cover several picnic tables or a entire girls lacrosse team
Another option to consider is a product supplied by Mountain Sun Touring company called the Moto Cabana . It is set up a little differently as it uses your tent on one end for support and uses one pole out front. HUGE coverage. Lighter overall weight and compactness The photo on their site doesn't do justice to the product. It's really works well.
Here is one pitched by using a megamid tent . . .
lots of room to stay shady or dry as the sky demands
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My wing is about 10 years old and is still in excellent condition. The price has gone up significantly, inflation I suppose.
Of course, now that I checked out the price on the Kelty Noah, I could actually see buying one of those. Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, that is the cost for the tarp ONLY. Then you have to add $30 for a pole (possibly have to get TWO of those it seems), so that kicks the price up to about $85-$115 for the 9x9 model. Still better than a parawing, though.
Another great product is the Kelty Sunshade. It comes in a couple of different sizes, and runs about $150 - $170. You can get it in several different places including REI. I had mine in the Lima storm with no problems. The great thing is, is that you can move it after it's put up.http://www.amazon.com/Kelty-Sunshade.../dp/B0000AMLHP
Hope this helps!
Plenty of good stuff here.
RE: Expense the MSR price includes poles, stakes and rope but yes it is still on the pricy side although one user did report that after 10 years his is still going strong.
So you can go to wally world and purchase a blue tarp every time you go camping which seems to be the culture we are headed toward this summer. Considering poly tarps use petroleum product and are generally left behind for someone else to deal with for my use it is not an acceptable solution. Of course YMMV and all that. What is the cost to society if everyone who wanted shade set up a hillbilly camp with poly tarps each year?
I am a big fan of qulity camping gear. If cared for properly it will last a very long time. Another benefit is that in the event of a serious storm (think Lima) while everyone else is bailing out their tent and drying their sleeping bag I am helping them out because my stuff is secure. I will say that in Lima just before the strom hit I pulled the poles on the 'wing and retensioned the ropes so it would not flog or pull a stake.
FWIW, MSR stands for Mountan Safety Research and all their gear is "Everest ready". I would not claim to have my survival depend on my tent while MC camping but my enjoyment does. I also have been known to winter camp (not on a bike) and use my gear for non mc travel too which helps justify the expense.
It is up to you to decide if you want to go that route, as Mike said the Kelty he has is perfect for his use.
In the end every solution mentioned in this thread would be fine for a rally.
Or you can get a bunch of 33 gallon garbage bags, slice them to open them up then duct tape them together and stand them up with some nice aluminum poles. That'll give you all the shade you need and its light to pack.
Thank you all for the information. This will be my first rally and I am looking forward to meeting everyone. To robnye....I am on a ship..a great lake 1000 footer. I am due of in Superior Wis. on the 7th of July. I will have to get home to Haslett Mich. unpack the truck.....pack the bike and leave my wife again. I left home on 15th of April. She is wishing me a good time. The horses will keep her home.
As for MSR, I'd like to see someone climb everest and then set up a parawing at the top.
In all seriousness, I've seen them, I've sat under them, and they ARE a quality product. I still have troubles parting with that much money for one.. but I DID finally cave and get a Kermit chair; although mine was a "mistake" model (one leg slightly big if you want to use the leg extensions), so I got it for less than the normal price.